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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

IWSG: Drawing a Line

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

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In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?

MY ANSWER - I suppose I draw the line at sex scenes. I'm not opposed to the publication of them, or even of reading them - some of my favorite authors, in a variety of genres, include them. However, I've never felt the need to write one. I have written pieces full of attraction and desire, but the actual act takes place of the page. I'm not sure that this has been an entirely conscious decision on my part, it's just worked out that way. The only time I remember it being a very deliberate omission is when an editor asked me to add one to a story I had submitted. I felt strongly that it wasn't needed. She refused to publish it if I didn't add it. That story is still sitting in my drawer, and computer.

How about you? Where do you draw the line in your writing? How about your reading?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sad they wouldn't publish it, but good for you sticking to your beliefs like that.

Sarah Foster said...

That sucks that they wouldn't publish it. I don't mind writing sex scenes, if I feel it fits the story.

Bish Denham said...

They say sex sells, but that's only because "they" keep putting it out there. Good for you refusing to add a scene you didn't think was needed.

Diane Burton said...

If the sex scene doesn't flow from the story and characters, it will feel forced by the reader. Do what feels right for you and for your readers.

Lee Lowery said...

Yes, sex sells. E.L. James made millions with her Fifty Shades of Gray franchise. I'm still not writing that kind of stuff. Which is not to say that I think she shouldn't be allowed to write her stories. Good for you sticking to what works for YOU.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sad the publiser wouldn't publish it, but you have to stay true to what you think is right for your story. I write YA so do not have to go into too much detail in kissing or a little more intimate scenes.